Ithaca, NY- The Brown University men's and women's track & field teams wrapped up the first day of competition at the 2012 Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships held at Barton Hall hosted on the campus of Cornell University. The men's squad currently stands in sixth place with two points, while the women sit in fourth place with 19 points.
"Both teams competed very well and despite a few setbacks, we have a number of capable athletes into the finals for Sunday and relays waiting to run fast," said Director of Track & Field Michelle Eisenreich. " We're very excited for Day 2."
Both squads have many athletes competing in the finals tomorrow. Heidi Caldwell was the highlight of day one on both the men's and women's side as she earned the 5,000m win championship with an extremely exciting finish. Caldwell won the race with a 16:38.01 and was followed close behind by junior Olivia Mickle with a time of 16:46.07 to finish sixth.
"The 5,000m race went about as perfectly as I could expect," said women's distance coach Mitchell Baker. "The race was tactical through nearly 3,500m and by then, the lead pack hand dwindled to just eight women. At that point, Olivia felt comfortable and slid up to the leaders' shoulder through the next half mile. When the big finish came from the leaders with three laps to go, Olivia stayed relaxed and held off a number of great athletes to get her first All-Ivy finish in sixth. Heidi stayed out of the fray until the two leaders, from Dartmouth and Columbia, were breaking away. She separated herself from the remainder of the chase pack and looked in position with 200m left just behind the top two. At that point, the two leaders started to kick very hard. Heidi looked to be out of the race with 100m to, but she came back the last curve and throughout the final homestretch, she kept gaining. At the line, no one in the building knew who had won. When the scoreboard flashed 'Caldwell 16:38.01' and 'D'Agonstino 16:38.02' it was a pretty awesome moment for her and the team."
"I was very proud of those two," added Baker. "They executed really well in a high-pressure situation. Heidi's win, her first Heptagonal Championship, was definitely worth the price of admission with the way it all played out. For Heidi to come out on top of that field, with multiple national-class athletes, it was a truly special performance."
On the women's side, Susan Scavone ran the fastest qualifying time in the 60m hurdles and earned a personal record with an 8.53 to qualify into tomorrow's finals.
Lauren Waterbury and Colby Lubman both qualified in the 400m dash. Waterbury finished third overall with a 56.98 and Lubman crossed the finish line in seventh with a 57.25. Alex Stanton just missed the finals with a 57.50 for ninth place.
Brienna Crimmins had a season-best to finish eighth overall in the long jump with a distance of 17-10.75, and Lacey Craker finished second in the weight throw with a 58-04.00 toss. Hannah Wallace also recorded a 12th place finish in the pole vault with a height of 11-09.75.
For the men, sophomore standout John Spooney ran the second fastest time in the field the 60m dash with a 6.82 for a fourth place finish in the preliminaries. Hunter Warwick squeezed into the hurdle finals with an eighth place time of 8.55 seconds.
In the 3,000m, Dan Lowry scored fifth place with an 8:17.73, and Anthony Schurz and Kevin Cooper both qualified to the finals in the one-mile run. Cooper finished with the third fastest time into the finals with a 4:15.31 and Schurz turned in the ninth best time of 4:17.58.
Colin Savage will advance to the 1,000m finals with a 2:28.46, and Nate Elder qualified in the 500m with the sixth best time of 1:05.30. Also, after the first day, Evan Weinstock is currently in third in the heptathlon and Peter Rhodes in in fourth.
Also competing tomorrow will be the 5k runners, the three relays and Daniel Smith in the shot put.
Photo of Heidi Caldwell by Tim O'Dowd